NEW YORK (AP) – James Karen, a former television pitchman who later worked with Buster Keaton and made memorable appearances in "Poltergeist" and "Return of the Living Dead," died. He was 94 years old.
Karen's friend, Bruce Goldstein, told The Associated Press that he died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He had been fighting respiratory diseases.
Karen's career dates back to the early years of television, when she appeared in the commercials of Pathmark. His many film credits include "Film" by Buster Keaton, based on a script by Samuel Beckett, "The China Syndrome" and "Mulholland Drive".
Fans of horror knew him as Mr. Teague, the real estate developer who Move the tombstones, but not the bodies, in "Poltergeist".
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